West Ham stare down the bar­rel of a fourth straight Pre­mier League de­feat

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Char­lie Austin, Du­san Tadic and James Ward-Prowse were all on the score­sheet as Southamp­ton recorded a 3-0 vic­tory over West Ham United in yes­ter­day af­ter­noon's Pre­mier League clash at the Olympic Sta­dium.

The Ham­mers have now lost five of their six league matches this sea­son, with that run of form leav­ing them 18th in the Pre­mier League ta­ble on three points, while Southamp­ton have jumped into 10th spot.

In­side an at­mo­spheric sta­dium, it was West Ham that had the first half-chance in­side three min­utes, but on-loan Ju­ven­tus striker Si­mone Zaza could only fire wide of the post af­ter col­lect­ing a long pass on his chest.

The home side had two sep­a­rate penalty calls in­side the open­ing 20 min­utes and both in­volved Southamp­ton de­fender Cedric, but ref­eree Jonathan Moss was not in­ter­ested, much to the frus­tra­tion of the vo­cal West Ham fans.

Chances were ex­tremely few and far between as the first pe­riod con­tin­ued to gather pace in the cap­i­tal, with a cou­ple of free kicks into both boxes about as close ei­ther side came to mak­ing the break­through in­side the first 30 min­utes of foot­ball.

It was the vis­i­tors that made the break­through in the 40th minute, how­ever, when Ryan Ber­trand found space down the left be­fore de­liv­er­ing a su­per cross into Austin, who scuffed the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Southamp­ton had two good op­por­tu­ni­ties to score a sec­ond in the fi­nal min­utes of the first pe­riod as West Ham con­tin­ued to strug­gle, but Ham­mers goal­keeper Adrian got down to keep out a strike from Nathan Red­mond, be­fore Cedric missed the post from close range.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic made one al­ter­ation at the break as Sofi­ane Feghouli, who joined the club from Va­len­cia in the sum­mer, re­placed Manuel Lanzini in a wide mid­field role as the Ham­mers looked for more in­spi­ra­tion in the fi­nal third of the field.

It was Southamp­ton that started the sec­ond pe­riod the brighter, how­ever, and Adrian had to keep out a Jose Fonte header in the 51st minute, be­fore the Spa­niard made an even bet­ter stop to deny Tadic from close range mo­ments later.

The Saints con­tin­ued to threaten though and had their sec­ond just past the hour when Austin found Tadic in the fi­nal third and the at­tacker gave Adrian the slip be­fore rolling the ball into an empty net to stun the Olympic Sta­dium into si­lence.

In the end, it was Southamp­ton that scored the game's third goal - Ward-Prowse tap­ping home from close range in the sec­ond minute of ad­di­tional time as the Saints made it four straight wins in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Next up for West Ham is a home game against Mid­dles­brough next Satur­day, while Southamp­ton will travel to Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Eu­ropa League on Thurs­day night be­fore vis­it­ing the cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City in the league next Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Yes­ter­day West Ham-Southamp­ton ................ 0-3 Austin 40’, Tadic 62’, Ward-Prowse 90+2’ To­day Burn­ley-Wat­ford

Stand­ings

Man. City Tot­ten­ham Arse­nal Liver­pool Ever­ton Man. United Crys­tal Palace Chelsea West Brom Wat­ford Le­ices­ter Hull City Bournemouth Southamp­ton Mid­dles­brough Swansea Burn­ley West Ham Stoke City Sun­der­land 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 6 6 5 6 6 5 5 6 6 6 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 2 3 4 3 4 4 5 18 10 15 16 10 12 10 10 7 10 8 7 4 4 6 5 3 7 4 5 5 18 3 14 7 13 9 13 4 13 7 12 7 10 9 10 6 8 9 7 11 7 12 7 9 7 6 5 9 5 10 4

8 4 13 3 15 2 12 1

Yes­ter­day Aberdeen-Rangers ............................ 2-1 Hamil­ton-St John­stone ..................... 1-1 Celtic Aberdeen Hearts St John­stone Mother­well Ross County Rangers In­ver­ness Dundee FC Hamil­ton Kil­marnock Partick P W D 6 5 1 7 3 3 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 2 3 7 2 3 7 2 3 7 2 2 7 1 3 7 1 3 7 1 3 6 1 2

SCOT­LAND Stand­ings

L F A Pts 0 23 8 16 1 9 8 12 2 11 6 11 2 9 8 11 2 10 9 9 2 7 7 9 2 8 11 9 3 11 15 8 3 8 11 6 3 8 12 6 3 8 15 6 3 7 9 5

Tadic (right) cel­e­brates scor­ing their sec­ond goal with Cedric Soares at the Lon­don Sta­dium

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